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Turkey presses assault on Kurdish militia in Syria

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies pressed an assault on a border enclave held by Kurdish militia on Tuesday but the fighting was more narrowly focused, a monitor said.Turkish warplanes carried out new strikes on the northwest of the Afrin enclave and also hit the outskirts of the mainly Kurdish-held city of Qamishli far to the east, wounding two children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.“The fighting is fierce but the focus is much narrower than yesterday ...

UN Security Council refrains from condemning Turkey

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The UN Security Council discussed Turkey’s intensifying offensive against Kurdish militias and the worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria on Monday but did not condemn or demand an end to the sensitive Turkish operation.Already scheduled to hear a report from UN aid chief Mark Lowcock on his recent visit to Syria, at France’s request the Security Council also touched on the latest Turkish offensive as well as the Syrian campaign in Idlib and Eastern Ghouta.Turkish President Recep ...

Turkish border town of Kilis hit by missile from Syria

Sunday, 21 January 2018

The Turkish border town of Kilis was struck by a missile fired from Syria on Sunday, a Reuters witness said, the fifth cross-border missile fired in the same day. There were no immediate reports of casualties, as Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria's Afrin province after launching artillery and air strikes on a US-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.  

Turkey says ground forces push into Syria, Kurdish YPG says attack repulsed

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday, media cited the prime minister as saying, as Ankara stepped up artillery attacks on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border. NATO’s second-largest army entered northern Syria shortly after 11:00am, broadcaster HaberTurk cited Prime Minister Binali Yildirim as saying. The Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia, supported by the United States but seen as a terrorist organization by Turkey, said it ...

Syrian regime opens roads for Kurdish forces in Afrin, US ‘not paying attention’

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Following the Syrian regime condemning Turkish military operations and “Operation Olive Branch” in Afrin on Saturday, the Assad regime opened up roads for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in order to transport weapons and reinforcements, the Anadolu Agency reported. According to the news agency, the Syrian regime opened the PYD-PKK-held Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood, and allowed the two groups to use Nubl and Al-Zahra roads connecting the ...

Ten killed in Turkish attack on Kurdish-held Syrian region

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Turkish attacks in the Afrin region of northern Syria killed ten people on Saturday, mostly civilians, a spokesman for the Kurdish militia which controls the area said.“Seven civilians were killed, including a child, as well as two female fighters and one male fighter,” said Birusk Hasakeh, spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin, adding that the child was an eight-year-old boy.The YPG’s political branch, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), said ...

Turkish ski bus accident kills 11, injures 44

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Turkish officials say a bus carrying mostly people going on a ski trip has crashed into trees on the side of a road, killing 11 passengers and injuring 44 others.Governor Ozdemir Cakacak of Eskisehir province said the bus was travelling from the Turkish capital of Ankara to the western city of Bursa when it crashed on a road in his region early on Saturday.The cause of the crash, which occurred on the first day of a school holiday, was under investigation.The state-run Anadolu Agency quoted the ...

Turkey launches major new ground and air cross border operation in Syria

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The Turkish army on Saturday confirmed it had started a major new ground and air cross border operation against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in Syria, which Turkey deems to be a terror organization. Dubbing the new campaign operation ‘Olive Branch’, the Turkish army said it had begun at 1400 GMT and was aimed against the YPG and also ISIS militants. The army also said the operation would be carried out “with respect for Syria's territorial integrity” ...

US official: Turkey’s shelling of Afrin in Syria would hurt regional stability

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Turkish artillery fired into Syria’s Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area. The cross-border bombardment took place after days of threats from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to crush the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin in response to growing Kurdish strength across a wide stretch of north Syria. Direct military action against territory held by Kurdish militia would open a new front in Syria’s civil ...

Turkish troops shell Afrin to oust US-backed Kurdish militia

Friday, 19 January 2018

Turkey on Friday started shelling the Syrian town of Afrin held by a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers “terrorists” in a move to oust them, the defense minister said.The Turkish government has repeatedly warned that a full-scale operation against Syrian towns controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, including Afrin, is imminent after the US said it was training a 30,000-strong border force there.“The Afrin operation will take ...

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